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Flea bites and environmental flea control

Flea bites cause many problems. They may not be suspected, are difficult to prove, and the diagnosis may be met with an antagonistic response. Treatment is primarily of the source – usually a pet and its environment – but most doctors are not experts on this topic. Environmental control of fleas is crucial. This article discusses the various stages in diagnosis and management of flea bites: suspicion, proof, treatment of the human, treatment of the source animal, treatment of the environment, other preventive measures.
Dermatology in practice 2003; 11(5): 22–26
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